Government servants will have to go the extra mile to earn good grades for getting promotions as a score below four in the 1-10 range could hamper their prospects.
A new system of Performance Appraisal of numerical gradings brought out by the Personnel Ministry says that members of the All India Services graded below four will be given a score of zero.
Members of the service graded between eight and 10 will be rated as 'outstanding' and will be given a score of nine for the purpose of calculating average scores for empanelment and promotion.
Those graded between six and short of eight will be rated as 'very good' and will be given a score of seven and those in the bracket of four and short of six will be rated as 'good' and given a score of five.
The Ministry gave these guidelines in a letter to Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories.
The guidelines have been issued in view of the fact that there was wide disparity in awarding numerical grading among reporting authorities in the absence of commonly understood benchmark.